A book perfect for audio, I struggled to enjoy reading it on paper. The majority of the book it read by a narrator with paragraphs of other voice actors reading parts of the dialog. This book is best heard in longer sections rather than short bursts, and be prepared to be fully engrossed.
Narrator performed voices, then a character actor, then a 3rd voice! Also, it's a transparent retelling of the origins of Islam.
I would definitely suggest the print version before I would ever reccomend this.
The narration for the same characters change, sometimes it's the main narrator, sometimes it's somebody else, and this is incredibly disjointed.
The book was amazing, and in general, the main narrator is really good, I just wish they didn't bring on the others for 30 second clips, without making sure that they narrated that character every single time.
It's definitely scifi, but boy it's all over the place thematically. I don't think I'm a complete idiot, but I found myself wondering what the hell was going on more often than not. And worse I found myself wondering why I should care.
Voice acting and directing was some of the best I've heard, but using multiple actors does take some getting used to. And some of them were worse than others as far as performing multiple characters. One complaint I had was they used 2 voice actors for one character (Baron Vladimir Harkonen), both VERY different. At first I thought it was to show time passing, or maybe a don of the same name, but upon listening again, I'm sure of it. 2 actors, one character, unknown reason. Maybe something cotractual, or a death or something? I'm not sure, because why not just re-record those actors lines with the remaining actor? both of them played it well but quite differently from each other.
Honestly I didn't like it, but I am 6 decades removed from the time is was written, and maybe I would have been more spellbound had I read it during those circumstances.
Complex story with PLENTY of character development and LOTS of action.
The story is a classic!
I would have maintained the narrators parts instead of the piecemeal job they did. Plenty of voice talent on this audio book, but completely inconsistent. There is one guy that reads Baron Harkonnen's part that has a deep, deep basso voice, but he's not used only here and there. The main narrator just doesn't sound good when reading the female parts. If you give one of the voice actors a part, for the love of God let them read ALL the parts for that character!
I've chosen not to read the future stories based on reviews. This story had so many interesting elements and I enjoyed it despite not really liking the main character.
The narrator was great. The voice actors were great. But I didn't like that the characters weren't consistently done by the voice actors or the narrator, but instead it went back and forth.
It's a classic of science fiction but not much more. The concepts introduced in the story have had an incredible impact on science fiction but the story itself doesn't live up to the concepts it has spawned.
Paul's an egotistical asshole who actually becomes less sympathetic over the course of the story. The whole thing is told with incredibly overblown dramatic style. There were times when I felt if I had to hear another word about Paul's "terrible purpose," "race-consciousness," or "prescient vision," I'd be sick. And the going on and on and ON about how amazing it was that they could strategize politically and catch nuances in other people's tones of voice. Ugh. I tried to like it, but by the end I just couldn't see the point.